The Rodgers Forge Garden Club, hosted by Elaine Pollack, had a record breaking number of visitors to its first veggie swap/farmers market in early July.

Say you have too many peaches in your recent share from the Community Supported Agriculture you joined. Or maybe you baked a few dozen too many double blueberry crumb muffins and now you'd give your xiphoid process for some fresh kale. Or rhubarb. Mmmm, rhubarb. Well, any Saturday morning when you find yourself in a predicament like one of the above mentioned, or any number of similar veggie/fruit/home baked deliciousness quandaries, simply swing by Elaine's front porch on Hopkins Road between 10 a.m. and noon and swap away. It's also a great way to try new things — like chard.

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From the front porch to the boardroom. Jen Beck Aud, Blenheim Road, was recently named senior vice president of strategy and account management at TBC Inc., Maryland's largest full-service advertising and public relations agency. Want to shoot a commercial, record a radio spot, run an ad in The Baltimore Sun? Perhaps geo-target display ads or hold a focus group to run an A/B message test. Or maybe you want to know what the heck that all means. Well then, Jen is your go-to queen of stratagem and upward moving trends. After joining TBC in 2005 as an Account Executive, she quickly proved her salt — only nine years from newbie to veteran. Congrats, Jen.

Another resident is also a proud new member of the corporate workforce. Our resident yogini, Emily Barczak, Dunkirk Road, is a fabulous new addition to the human resources department at T. Rowe Price in its downtown offices. And true to her good nature and positive personality, she is the helpful support staff for her team.  Her background in yoga will most certainly be helpful in times of corporate stress and the pressures of looming deadlines. In the corporate world that only happens like practically every day. Just remember to breathe.

After watching a local broadcast of the 6 o'clock news, I find myself thinking "When will there be good news?" With 1,777 homes in Rodgers Forge, surely people are doing good things all around us all the time. And wouldn't you like to hear an upworthy story? A lot of fantastic people live here; and do amazing things. Let's change the world. OK, it's a 500-word column. Limited to Towson. But wouldn't it be uplifting to read a column that makes you smile rather than sigh? To clarify, in the July 16 Rodgers Forge column, I dedicated the whole column to a former part-time resident with a list of accomplishments longer than my arm. And next time, I'm going to introduce you to one talented chick from Stanmore Road. But let's not stop there. Let's be more inclusive and open our world a little more; let's include our neighbors across York Road and Bellona Avenue. Rodgers Forge friends; Stoneleigh, Anneslie and Wiltondale friends; Pinehurst and Armaugh Village friends. Share your stories!

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